Orphaned mountain lion cubs enjoying life at Scottsdale sanctuary

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Cypress and Ash were recently moved into an outdoor enclosure at Scottsdale’s Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. By Mike Gertzman Cypress and Ash were recently moved into an outdoor enclosure at Scottsdale’s Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The two orphaned mountain lion cubs that arrived at Scottsdale’s Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center earlier this year have been enjoying their new surroundings.

Cypress and her brother Ash were recently moved into a new outdoor enclosure. Cypress and Ash’s new home is next to the female mountain lion enclosure.

Staff at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is slowly introducing Cypress and Ash to the other mountain lions. Their hope is that the other mountain lions will eventually adopt the cubs and show them how to be mountain lions.

Cypress and Ash are currently being monitored by remote censored trail cameras, which capture their behavior when people aren’t around.

The staff is also using the cameras to monitor how the other mountain lions are reacting to Cypress and Ash.

Cypress and Ash were estimated to be 12 weeks old when they were captured by the California Department of Fish and Game in late January near San Jose.

At the time of their rescue Cypress was suffering from two broken legs, a broken jaw, and several broken teeth. She also had bite marks on her back right hamstring and was covered with fleas and ticks.

Cypress and Ash will eventually be moved to a large enclosure where they will live with other mountain lions at the conservation center.

To learn more about Cypress and Ash, or any of the other animals at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, visit www.southwestwildlife.org.